A regular blog of life in the Loire Valley by Leggett Agent, Denise Long
THE LOIRE VALLEY ROUTE
The initiative to create this route sprung into life to link a series of bike routes, mainly dedicated to this ecological and healthy two wheel form of transport.
The Loire Valley Route is in total 800kms and runs from St Nazaire on the west coast of France to Cuffy in the Alliers department 03. This Loire route is part of ‘eurovelo 6’ (ev6) also known as ‘The Rivers Route’, and runs for a total of 3653 kms, from St Nazaire through to Constanta on the Black Sea. It travels along much of the Loire, some of Soâne, a little of the Rhine and almost all of the Danube. 800,000 people take to the Loire valley route each year! WOW!
EQUIPMENT AND LEVEL OF FITNESS – NO EXCUSE!
Bike – bring your own or rent at various outlets, website addresses at bottom. The aim of the cycle routes are to guarantee no vicious hills and if inevitable there is an alternative suggested (hopefully with a pub diversion!).
So we have talked about this for months, we can join the route about 50m from our house in Saint Radegonde in Tours. Gareth had prepared the equipment like we were about to ascent the north face of the Eiger. The bikes had been in the workshop for weeks undergoing last minute tests, I had new tyres, brakes checked, and there were no more excuses left. So the day arrived and I got ready to go. Shorts, trainers, bike helmet, bike. Gareth got ready to go, cycling shorts with padded inserts, sports t-shirt, bike helmet, cycling gloves, a back pack with a change of clothes, litres of sun block. He proceeded to undress outside the back door and lather himself up with a gallon of sun block, if the sun wasn’t to kill him chemical poison surely would. I was worried! More »